Mayor urged to keep public transport fare increases in line with inflation (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Redbridge Labour group calls for Boris Johnson to keep fare rises at level of inflation
Boris Johnson is being urged by the council’s Labour group to keep transport fares at the rate of inflation for 2014.
The Government announced last week that commuters would face an average 4.1 per cent rise in rail fares from January next year - a figure that is higher than the nation’s inflation rate.
Councillor Jas Athwal, leader of the Redbridge Labour group, said: “Residents across Redbridge are struggling with the cost of rent and bills going through the roof.
“They simply can’t afford yet another inflation busting hike to the cost of transport as well.”
London commuter fares have become the most expensive in the world and that a zone 1-6 travel card is £440 more expensive under Boris Johnson, the Labour group claim.
“That’s serious money to residents who have to use buses, trains and the tube every day,” added Cllr Athwal.
“It’s the great Tory train robbery and residents will not put up with it.”
Transport for London’s managing director of finance Steve Allen said: “The Mayor has made clear his intention to keep fares affordable for Londoners, balanced against the need to maintain investment in London’s transport network.”
Conservative Council Leader Keith Prince said the higher than inflation increase of fares is justified in order to continue investment and ensure London is a 21st century city.
“It’s very simple – we don’t like it when fares go up but if you look at the massive investment being put into transport you can understand it,” he said.
“At the end of the day we have to contribute and it’s right and fair that people who use the service pay for it.”
The Mayor’s final decision on London transport prices will be made later this year.
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